Football fans are being reminded not to get carried away in the heat of the moment as England prepare for their Euro 2016 match against Wales tomorrow (Thursday).
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Police and Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, have teamed up to urge fans to enjoy the game responsibly.
Anna Jӧnsson, reporting officer at Kick It Out, visited force headquarters in Hutton where she gave her backing to the ‘Ugly consequences of the beautiful game’ campaign in Lancashire, which targets alcohol-fuelled crime and warns fans: “There are no excuses. Don’t pay the penalty.”
Mr Grunshaw, who funded a series of posters and banners for the campaign, said: “There is no place for abuse in football and I would urge all fans to know their limits if they have a drink during the game. Sadly reports of domestic abuse, alcohol-related violence and drink or drug driving are all too common during major sporting events.
“It is fantastic to have the support of Kick It Out, an organisation which has done so much to promote equality and prevent discrimination in the game. Together we can stamp out the ugly side of football and make sure it can be enjoyed by all fans of the game.”
Chief Inspector Ian Mills, force lead on hate crime, said: “Great progress has been made in combating racism and discrimination in football over recent years through a strong partnership between all those involved with the game, and we want to reassure our communities across Lancashire that any hate crime linked with Euro 2016 will not be tolerated.
“We are committed to tackling all incidents and crimes motivated by hostility and prejudice and we would urge anyone who has been a victim of a hate incident or crime to have the confidence to come forward and report it to police.”
Posters and banners have been put up around police stations across Lancashire, targeting three key areas of crime that are often associated with major sporting tournaments: domestic abuse, alcohol related violence and drink or drug driving.
Klick It Out, a new campaign targeting discrimination on social media, is being run by Kick It Out to coincide with Euro 2016. For more information, visit klickitout.org
Anyone who has been affected by crime can get free and confidential advice, support and information from Lancashire Victim Services. Call 0300 323 0085 or visit www.lancashirevictimservices.org
Report crime on 101 or online, on the Lancashire Police website. Call 999 if you are in immediate danger.